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BMA chair will support GPs' decision in industrial action ballot
BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul has said he would support the democratic decision of practices if they vote in favour industrial action. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Most GPs support ban on prescribing OTC drugs
Close to two thirds of GPs support a ban on prescribing drugs that are available over the counter, a GPonline survey has revealed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Contraceptive pill linked to reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Taking oral contraceptive for seven or more consecutive years is linked to a 19% lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to researchers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Four out of five online primary care services rated by CQC found to be unsafe
Four in every five online primary care services rated so far have been deemed unsafe by the CQC, analysis of inspection reports has revealed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

A third of GP trainees do not intend to work in NHS after qualifying
Just two in three GP trainees close to qualifying see themselves working in NHS general practice within the next six months, survey results suggest. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locums twice as likely as partners to see higher increases in indemnity costs
GP locums are twice as likely as partners to see larger increases in their indemnity costs, a GPonline poll suggests, with 14% of locums and 7% of partners reporting that fees rose more than 30% this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Practices bid for controlling stake in integrated provider lined-up for £5bn contract
GP practices serving almost 300,000 patients are part of a preferred bidder for what could be the first full multispecialty community provider (MCP) contract. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

5,000 extra GP appointments a month created through extended access scheme
An extended access scheme in Oxfordshire is providing 5,000 more GP appointments a month, according to commissioners. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Capacity concerns as practices covering 7,000 patients face closure
LMC leaders in Essex have said there could be concerns for service capacity after NHS England said it was closing two practices and dispersing their 7,000 patients. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP consultations not long enough to provide advice on exercise, says RCGP
GPs are less likely to ask patients about physical activity because 10-minute appointments are 'unfit for purpose', the RCGP has said, after researchers warned most GPs are unfamiliar with guidelines on exercise. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Exercise Source Type: news

GP elected chair of BMA Cymru Wales
GP leader Dr David Bailey has been elected to chair BMA Cymru Wales. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

University to offer 50 places to study medicine through clearing this week
A London medical school said it is braced to receive thousands of calls this week as it opens up around 50 places on its medicine degree through clearing for the second year running. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Expansion of generalists roles in NHS backed in DH-commissioned report
A DH-backed report on overhauling medical training has supported calls for greater emphasis to be placed on generalist doctors. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Indemnity costs strip equivalent of 2,500 GPs from NHS
Three in five GPs have been forced to cut the number of sessions they work or turn down extra sessions because of indemnity costs - potentially costing the NHS the equivalent of more than 2,500 full-time GPs, a GPonline survey suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Only 15% of legal claims against doctors succeed
Some 85% of medical negligence cases find in favour of doctors, the MDU has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Nurse-led screening in GP practices boosts early lung cancer and COPD detection
A nurse-led screening programme in Liverpool is preventing around two cases of lung cancer a month across a dozen practices and driving up early detection of COPD, researchers have found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Exclusive: Partners expect local enhanced services income to fall in 2017/18
Two thirds of GP partners say income from local enhanced services (LESs) will fall in 2017/18, a GPonline poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Indemnity costs rose more than 20% this year for one in four GPs
More than 90% of GPs say their medical indemnity fees have increased this year - and more than a quarter have seen costs rise by over 20%, a GPonline poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs should ignore OTC prescribing bans if patient care at risk, says GMC
GPs should ignore bans on prescribing drugs available OTC if they believe the policies put patient care at risk, the GMC has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

BMA urges caution as developers offer £3.3bn primary care premises overhaul
BMA leaders have urged caution after developers offered £3.3bn to build 750 'state of the art' primary care centres over the next parliament if the government will commit to a £200m-a-year bill for rent. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs 'removed from supply chain' of hepatitis B vaccine
The GPC has advised GPs to refer patients to other providers to receive the hepatitis B vaccine until further notice, after agreeing that practices should be 'removed from the supply chain'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Viral infections Source Type: news

Productivity scheme freeing GP time to focus on NHS transformation
A GP Forward View programme to improve practice productivity is being used to free up time for GPs to offer more appointments and take on work moved out of hospital, commissioners have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum agency's new owners pledge to pay GPs in full
GPs owed thousands of pounds by a locum agency that went into administration last month have been told by its new owners that they will be paid back in full. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Doctors demand clarity on mandatory NHS service as medical school places rise
Medical school places will expand by 1,500 by 2020 under DH plans to increase the number of doctors trained in England by 25%. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs could have indemnity covered under new accountable care contract
NHS providers operating under a new contract for accountable care organisations (ACOs) will have to cover the cost of GPs' indemnity if they choose to work for the organisations as salaried employees, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Fifth of new doctors want career change after first year of training
One in five trainee doctors are looking to change careers following their first foundation year of training, a poll shows, with over half admitting the experience made them question their career choice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Patient surveys reveal 'drastic' decline in GP services, warns Labour
Patients' experience of GP services has becoming 'drastically worse' over the past five years, according to an analysis of patient survey data by the Labour party. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Draft NICE neurological advice could benefit 34m GP consultations
NICE has launched draft guidance to support GPs in treating patient with neurological conditions, which account for one in 10 appointments in primary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.7 Neurological Problems Source Type: news

Exclusive: GP industrial action ballot on a knife-edge, poll suggests
A BMA ballot on potential industrial action by GPs could be on a knife-edge, according to an exclusive GPonline poll. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Third of GPs have collaborated with other practices to reduce workload
One in three GPs have collaborated with other practices or pharmacies to manage workload, while more than half have taken steps such as increasing skill mix, adopting new consultation methods or reviewing work flows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum agency owed GPs and nurses over £350,000 when it went into administration
GPs and nurses were owed more than £350,000 by locum agency Primary Care People when it went into administration last month, a statement from a new company that bought the agency reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum agency owed GP and nurses over £350,000 when it went into administration
GPs and nurses were owed more than £350,000 by locum agency Primary Care People when it went into administration last month, a statement from a new company that bought the agency reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Government review not bold enough to reverse rising indemnity costs, say MDOs
Recommendations from a government review of civil litigation published earlier this week do not go far enough to begin reversing rising GP indemnity costs, MDOs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

A & E GP streaming provider urges caution over rapid national roll-out
Commissioners of new A&E GP streaming systems could risk patient safety if they impose excessive pressure to redirect patients to cheaper services, a leading urgent care provider has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news

£4m HIV screening plan in GP practices could reduce long-term NHS costs
Routine HIV testing for patients registering at GP practices in 74 high-prevalence local authorities in England could save lives and lower long-term NHS costs, researchers have found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Autoimmune disorders Source Type: news

Entire city's GP services almost 'unviable' as 22,000-patient provider quits
General practice is at risk of becoming unviable across a whole city on the south coast of England, GP leaders warned after a major provider resigned its contract in response to a 'severe' workforce crisis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Diabetes drugs consume £1 in every £9 spent on NHS prescribing
Diabetes treatments consume £1 in every £9 spent on prescribing in the NHS, official data show, as the total number of items prescribed almost doubled over the past decade. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Diabetes Source Type: news

NICE recommends GP autistic register for QOF
GPs could be asked to develop a national autism register to help end the 'invisibility' of autistic people in the health system. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 14 Care of People with Learning Disabilities Source Type: news

Two in five GPs to quit inside five years as Forward View flounders, warns RCGP
General practice is near breaking point with two in five GPs in England planning to leave the profession within five years, according to an RCGP report that demands faster implementation of the GP Forward View. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs fear workload surge as NICE backs statins for 'almost all' over-60s
GPs fear huge workload rises after researchers found NICE's updated statin risk threshold qualifies almost all men over 60 and women over 65 to receive the drug as a preventative measure against CVD. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.1 Cardiovascular Problems Source Type: news

Interview: Dr Richard Vautrey sets out top priorities to reverse the GP crisis
One week after being elected chair of the BMA's GP committee Dr Richard Vautrey is giving his first media interviews to the medical press at the union's central London HQ. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

I'm ready to lead industrial action if GPs want it, says GPC chair
The new leader of the UK's GPs has said he is prepared to lead the profession into industrial action if practices vote for it, and that the GPC must change the way it leads the profession. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Flexibility on immigration post-Brexit vital for NHS workforce, says BMA
The post-Brexit UK immigration system must retain flexibility to allow the NHS to recruit doctors and nurses from overseas, the BMA has warned, as the government announced a study on migration. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt to speak at RCGP Annual Conference 2017
The RCGP has announced that health secretary Jeremy Hunt will speak at the college's Annual Conference in Liverpool to an audience of up to 1,350 GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GP trainee vacancies rise after first 2017 recruitment round
GP trainee recruitment appears to have slowed this year, with more places left available after the first round of recruitment in 2017 compared with 2016. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Tackle GP indemnity or face huge NHS winter crisis, GPC chair warns ministers
Last winter's crisis will 'pale into insignificance compared to what will happen in the coming year' if the government fails to act on rising indemnity costs, the new chair of the GPC has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS England unveils 10-point plan to boost general practice nurse workforce
NHS England has pledged £15m to bolster the general practice nurse workforce and develop their role in preventative health to help ease workforce shortages across general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPC warning ignored as CCGs roll out bans on GPs prescribing OTC drugs
CCGs are imposing bans on GPs prescribing drugs available OTC just days after NHS England began a consultation on the issue, despite warnings that GPs refusing to prescribe medicines their patients need could be in breach of their contracts. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

NICE guidance backs statins for all CKD patients
All CKD patients should be offered statins to reduce their elevated risk of heart attacks or stroke, NICE has said in updated guidance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Decision on lawyer fee caps in clinical negligence cases postponed
The government's delay in deciding whether to cap lawyer fees in clinical negligence cases is 'another step backwards' in the bid to cut GP indemnity costs, medico-legal experts have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news